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Dangerous Goods and Prohibited Items

DHL Freight is an established carrier of dangerous goods that can offer solutions for such transports both nationally as well as internationally. 

Transportation of dangerous goods is regulated by international and national regulations for each mode of transport. The purpose of these regulations is to prevent accidents as well as injuries or damage to persons, property and the environment. 

DHL complies with the respective regulations for dangerous goods; ADR for road transports the IMDG code for maritime transports and RID for rail transports. 

DHL also have certain own restrictions and limitations, which you find in the respective products terms and conditions. It is the consignor’s responsibility to comply with the restrictions and rules for the transport of dangerous goods and to provide DHL with the correct documentation and information. 

International transports from Sweden that include maritime transport, must also be comply with the IMDG code.

Dangerous Goods Transport by Road

DHL Freight transports dangerous goods by road in accordance with national and international ADR (The European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road) regulations. These are applicable within all countries that have adopted the ADR convention in their legislation. Furthermore, the EU directives concerning the transport of dangerous goods also apply in Europe.

The agreement is renewed every 2 years by the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe).

DHL Freight ensures that all transport equipment is provided, including the drivers “written instructions according to ADR” in the languages required. When transporting dangerous goods, special arrangements are always required, and that is why the transport schedule must be agreed separately.

The Consignor’s Responsibility 

When it comes to the transport of dangerous goods, the consignor has certain obligations that are required both in the regulations and in the law.

  • For consignors of dangerous goods shipments, the law requires that you have a safety advisor linked to your business. This safety advisor can be internal or external but must be registered with the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB).

  • Under all conditions, everyone who comes into contact with dangerous goods at the consignor must be trained in accordance with the ADR/IMDG Code, chapter 1.3.

  • To create the correct documents according to the regulations that apply for the transport. 

  • Road transports (ADR) require an approved goods declaration with the correct information in the correct way and in the correct language according to international and national rules.

  • Maritime transports (IMDG code) require an approved goods declaration with the correct information in the correct way, written on a “Multimodal Dangerous Goods Form” in English.

  • That the goods are correctly classified (you must know what items you are shipping)

  • That the goods are packed in approved packaging and are marked and labeled in accordance with the regulations. 

Goods Exclusions for DHL Freight

Please note that DHL Freight does not transport all types of goods through its network. For more details on what is excluded, please see section 1 and section 7 in our DHL Freight Terms and Conditions.

Dangerous Goods Restrictions for Each DHL Freight Service

You can find the specific restrictions within the Terms and Conditions Documents for our products.

Domestic Products 
DHL Pall, DHL Stycke, DHL Parti, DHL Paket, DHL Home Delivery, DHL Service Point 
Swedish Document | English Document

International Products 
DHL Freight EuroConnect, DHL Freight EuroLine, DHL Freight Eurapid, DHL Freight EuroConnect Plus 
Swedish Document | English Document

DHL Parcel Connect PLUS, DHL Paket Export 
Swedish Document | English Document

Dangerous Goods Surcharges

Dangerous goods transports require additional measures, such as marking the transport units, declarations to authorities and shipping companies, handling of documents, etc. Dangerous goods are subject to local and/or national DGR fees which are debited separately. Dangerous goods transports are always subject to additional charges.

To find out more about local costs and regulations related to dangerous goods transportation please get in touch with DHL Freight customer service.

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